William Kentridge /   William Joseph Kentridge

South Africa 1955


William Kentridge
William Joseph Kentridge
South Africa
November 14, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

William Kentridge  is a filmmaker, draughtsman, and sculptor, and the son of Sydney Kentridge, one of South Africa”s foremost anti-apartheid lawyers. In his drawings and animations, William Kentridge articulates the concerns of post-Apartheid South Africa with unparalleled nuance and lyricism. In the inventive process by which he created his best-known works, Kentridge draws and erases with charcoal, recording his compositions at each state.

He attracted international attention when his work was seen in Documenta X and at the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, all in 1997. His prints and drawings–and his drawing-based work in film, theater, and opera productions–present a unique, emblematic view of the state of South Africa today, from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings to traces of apartheid’s violence in the landscape around Johannesburg.His work was further inspired by artistic satirists, including Honoré Daumier, Francisco de Goya, and William Hogarth.

From 1989 to 1996 Kentridge made an important cycle of films that allegorize South Africa’s political upheavals through the lives of three characters: a greedy property developer, his neglected wife and her poet lover. The eight-minute animation Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris (1989), which began the series, consists of two dozen scenes developed through minute changes to various drawings.

William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg. Son of two anti-apartheid lawyers, he learned at an early age to question structural impositions. In 1976, he attained a degree in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand after which he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation until 1978. There, he met Dumile Feni and was greatly influenced by his drawings. He also worked as a set designer for film productions and taught design printing until he moved to Paris in 1981 to study drama at the École Jacques LeCoq.

Since the 1980’s, Kentridge has been awarded various prizes, such as the Kaiserring Prize, the Carnegie Prize, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction.
He currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013William Kentridge QUAD Gallery, Derby, EnglandSolo
2013Große Gefühle Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, AustriaGroup
2012NO, IT IS The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2012Vertical Thinking Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, ItalyGroup
2012William Kentridge: I am not me the horse is not mine, Tate Modern, London, EnglandSolo
2012William KentridgeUniversal Archive, David Krut Projects, New York, USAGroup
2012William Kentridge: Five Themes Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011William Kentridge The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2011William Kentridge: Five Themes Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2011William Kentridge in the Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary Solo
2011William Kentridge Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA Solo
2011New Media Series, William Kentridge: Two Films St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, USAGroup
2010William Kentridge Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, USASolo
2010William Kentridge: Journey to the Moon Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2010South Africa Projections: Films by William Kentridge Jewish Museum of New York, New York, USA Solo
2010William Kentridge: Five ThemesMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA Solo
2010William Kentridge: Nose, Thirty Etchings David Krut Projects, New York, USAGroup
2010William Kentridge: What We See & What We Know National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009Kentridge and Kudryashov: Against the Grain Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.Group
2008UntitledKunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, GermanyGroup
2008UntitledThe Stenersen Museum, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2008UntitledHaunch of Venison, London, EnglandGroup
2007UntitledModerna Museet, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2007UntitledHangar Bicocca, Milan, ItalyGroup
2006UntitledSingapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2005UntitledDeste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athina, GreeceGroup
2005UntitledUCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004UntitledMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2003UntitledAugarten Contemporary, Wien, AustriaGroup
2001UntitledHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C.Group
2001UntitledNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NYGroup
2001William Kentridge Recent Editions, In association with David Krut Fine Art,Robert Brown Gallery, Wash. DC, & Gracie Mansion, N.Y.Group
2001The Short Century Museum Villa Stuck Berlin, Chicago, New York, Vienna, Cape TownGroup
2000The Self is Something Else Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2000A Double View: Three Exhibitions Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2000UntitledThird Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2000Vertical Painting P.S.1 New York, NYGroup
2000UntitledMarian Goodman Gallery New York, NYGroup
2000UntitledStephen Friedman Gallery London, EnglandGroup
2000UntitledAnnandale Galleries Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2000NSISTENT MEMORY: THE Architecture of Time in Video Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FlGroup
2000La Beaute, Beauty in Fabula Papal Palace Avignon, FranceGroup
1999Venice Biennale: D'Apertutto Giardini di Castello and Arsenale VeniceGroup
1999Istanbul Biennale: The Passion and the Wave Istanbul, Turkey Group
1999Unfinished History MCA Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
1999Carnegie International 1999-2000 CI 99:00 Carnegie Museum of Art, awarded the Carnegie Medal PittsburghGroup
1999UntitledMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CAGroup
1999Projects 68: William Kentridge Museum of Modern Art New York, NYGroup
1999UntitledPalais des Beaux Arts Brussels, BelgiumGroup
1999UntitledKunstverein Munchen Munich, GermanyGroup
1999Kunstwelten im DialogMuseum Ludwig Cologne, GermanyGroup
1999A Sangre y Fuego Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló Group
1999UntitledThe Drawing Centre New York, NYGroup
1999UntitledMuseu d'Arte Contemporani de Barcelona BarcelonaGroup
1999UntitledNeue Galerie Graz GrazGroup
1999UntitledSerpentine Gallery LondonGroup
1999UntitledPalais des Beaux Arts BrusselsGroup
1999UntitledKunstverein Munchen MunichGroup
1999UntitledStephen Friedman Gallery, LondonGroup
1998Vertical Time Barbara Gladstone Gallery New YorkGroup
1997Delta Arc, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris ParisGroup
1997Documenta X Museum Fredericianum KasselGroup
1997Applied Drawings Goodman Gallery JohannesburgGroup
1996Eidophusikon Annandale Galleries SydneyGroup
1995Untitled Johannesburg Biennale Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1995Untitled Bernard Jacobson Gallery London, EnglandGroup
1995UntitledIstanbul Biennale Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
1994UntitledArts First London, EnglandGroup
1994Felix in ExileGoodman Gallery Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1993UntitledGoodman Gallery Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1993Retrospective of animated films Edinbrgh Int. F Group
1993UntitledVenice Biennale Venice, ItalyGroup
1993UntitledRuth Bloom Gallery Los Angeles, CAGroup
1992UntitledGoodman Gallery Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1991UntitledNewton Art Gallery Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1990UntitledCassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1990UntitledMuseum of Modern Art OxfordGroup
1989UntitledVanessa Devereux Gallery London, EnglandGroup
1988UntitledGallery International Cape TownGroup
1987UntitledCassirer Fine art Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1986UntitledSimon-Neuman Galleries New York, NYGroup
1986UntitledAssociation of Art Gallery PretoriaGroup
1985UntitledCassirer Fine Art Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1981UntitledAssociation of Arts Cape TownGroup
1979UntitledMarket Gallery Johannesburg, South AfricaGroup
1979UntitledLes Arts de la Résistance: Fin de Siécle, Johannesburg, Galerie Michel Luneau NantesGroup
1979Seventh Havana Biennale: Closer to One Another HavanaGroup
1979Nominee for Hugo Boss Prize Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Soho) New YorkGroup
1979Simunye: We Are One Adelson Galleries New YorkGroup